Our Team

Appleseed Childcare is a place of fun, love, games, stories, songs, play and imagination – but behind all of our activities is a guiding program of early childhood education and development.

Appleseed Childcare is a place of fun, love, games, stories, songs, play and imagination – but behind all of our activities is a guiding program of early childhood education and development.

Our early childhood educators are fully qualified and very experienced – many have been with Appleseed since it opened in 2010. They are dedicated to their roles and attend regular professional development training.

 

Kim Elhayek

Licensee

I am the Owner of Appleseed Childcare.

My history in childcare goes back to 2003 when I worked in a 2-3 room looking after 16 toddlers while studying my certificate 3. I had 2 children and was ready for a career change. After completing my Certificate 3, I went on to complete my Diploma in Children’s Services, then my Bachelor of Teaching 0-5 years through Charles Sturt University.

This was a very challenging experience with 3 children and pregnant with my fourth, but working with children is something I’ve always had a passion for. It stems from being the oldest sibling of 6 younger brothers.

My husband and I bought our first preschool located on the Central Coast in 2003, and so we made the move from Sydney to operate the preschool. In 2006 we bought a long day care centre in Woy Woy but we had the ambition to build our dream centre with everything that we wanted, so the search was on to look for a sight back in Sydney.

In 2008 we decided that Ray Rd would be the place that our dream centre would be built, and in April 2009 the site was cleared to be ready for construction. It was an exciting time for me, assisting with the design and purchasing materials and resources for the centre. In June 2010 we opened for business, with children eager to start their journey with us. Since then, we have built a great team and have had many lovely families and children attend of our centre.

We look forward to showing you through our centre and building a great relationship with yourself and your child.

Hannah

Director

Educational Leader

My name is Hannah and I started at working at Appleseed in July 2011.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education. Since starting at Appleseed Childcare in 2011, I spent most of time in the 0-2 room as a Room Leader, and at the start of 2016 I moved to the preschool room.

The beginning of 2017 has given me new challenges as I moved into a second in charge role and from May 2017 I moved into a Centre Director position. I absolutely love this role and have enjoyed learning many new skills about managing a service and office administration. 

I look forward to working with you and your child in the future. If you have any questions please come and see me or give me a call. 

Kind Regards,

Hannah

Bereta

Cook

I hold a Certificate in Commercial Cookery and hospitality.

I love planning and making the meals for the children. I am passionate about providing good nutrition with every meal.

Melissa

Red Room Leader - (Currently on Maternity Leave)

I have been working at Appleseed since March 2011. I love my leadership role in the preschool room, and enjoy watching the children grow and develop through different stages.

After leaving school, I began studying a Bachelor of Arts at University before realising my passion for Early Childhood. I went on to complete my Certificate 3 and Diploma in Children’s Services at College full-time in 2010 while attending practical days at a local child care centre and before and after school care. I have recently graduated from a Bachelor of Teaching (0-5 years) at TAFE.

I will be going on Maternity leave at the end of June 2017 to have my first baby. 

Erin

Red Room Leader

Hi there, I'm Erin and I started working at Appleseed in 2016.

I hold a diploma in Children's Services and have 10 years experiences in the early childhood industry. I have a 5 year old son and have a passion for educating young children. I'm currently working in the preschool room 4 days per week.

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your family.

Regards,

Erin

Fara

Red Room Educator

Hi! I'm Fara and I started working at Appleseed Childcare in mid-2017.

I have recently completed my Diploma in Early Education & Care and I enjoy working across all age groups. I am based in the preschool room and am loving working with the 3-5 year children and getting to know them. 

I work full time and look forward to getting to know all the Appleseed families.

Kind Regards,

Fara

Emma

Red Room Educator/Floater

My name is Emma and I work part time at Appleseed. I am also currently in my first year of my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary) degree which I am really enjoying.

I am a centre floater, however I spent the majority of my time in the preschool room. I really enjoy getting to know the children and extending on their ideas, thoughts and interests throughout the day. 

I look forward to working with you and your child.

- Emma

Jaclyn

Green Room Leader

I started at Appleseed Childcare in November 2014 and was based in the preschool room. In 2017 I progressed into a Room Leader position in the toddler room.I work full time and I will be completing my Diploma in Children's Services this year.

I find working with children a rewarding career that challenges me in many different ways and there are many skills and lessons to learn each day. I love getting to know the children and helping them as individuals while having lots of fun along the way!

I look forward to meeting you.

- Jac

Jessie

Green Room Educator 

Hi my name is Jessie, I'm currently studying my Diploma in Children's Services at Appleseed. Last year I completed my certificate 3, I love working in the 2-3 room, caring and educating the children as they learn many new skills such as language, sharing, engaing in play, making friends as well as reaching many new milestones in their development. I look forward to meeting you.

Nicolette

Green Room Educator

Hi my name is Nikkie and I work fulltime in the Green Room. I started at Appleseed in 2017. I have a Certificate III in Children’s Services and I really enjoy working with the 2-3 yr age group.

I find working in childcare a very rewarding experience and enjoy developing and planning play curriculum and implementing activities. I am looking forward to getting to know all of your wonderful children!

 

 

Kind Regards,

Nikkie

 

Lonica

Yellow Room Leader

I started at Appleseed at the start of 2017 and I hold a Diploma in Children's Services. I moved to Sydney from Bendigo, where I had been working with children for over 7 years.

Over these years I have gained valuable experience and skills that are essential in providing children and their families with high quality early childhood learning experience.  I am a deeply caring person who adores and delights in all children. I work full time and I look forward to meeting you.

Regards,

Lonica

Nita

Yellow Room Educator

Hi, my name is Nita and I started working at Appleseed in January 2016. I’m currently based in the Yellow Room full time, however I will be going on Maternity Leave in Novemeber as my husband and I are expecting our very first baby! 

I moved to Sydney from Iran with my husband in 2012 and after working in another industry for 3 years, realised that I needed to follow my passion and work with children. It’s amazing to witness and help children grow, develop, socialise and learn.

I completed my Certificate 3 in Children's Services and am currently studying my Diploma In Children’s Services. I enjoy the everyday, rewarding experience at this centre, working alongside professional and caring educators.

I look forward to meeting with you.

Kind Regards,

Nita

Sarah

Yellow Room Educator

Hi, my name is Sarah. I started working at Appleseed in March 2016 as a Trainee. I have just completed my Certicate 3 in Children's Services. Over the last year i have gained lots of hands on experience in the 0-2 room and across the centre also.

Ever since I was a young girl I have always loved the thought of working with children, helping them to grow and develop.

I love forming bonds with the children and they make me a happier person. I look forward to meeting you all and furthering my studies here at Appleseed.

Kind Regards,

Sarah 

Gemma

Yellow Room Educator

Hi there, my name is Gemma and I work fulltime. I started at Appleseed in early 2017, after moving here from England. I have 8 years experience in the Early Childhood Industry.

I am passionate about working with children and enjoying watching them learn and develop.

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your child.

 

Regards,

Gemma

Shawbo

Floater

Hi, my name is Shawbo

I hold a Diploma in Early Education and Care and I currently work 3 days a week at Appleseed. I am also a mum to two beautiful young children.

I am a Floater but am based in the 0-2 years room.

I look forward to meetin you and getting to know you and your child.

 

 

Kind Regards,

Shawbo

Alex

Floater

Hey! My name is Alex.

I started at Appleseed in 2014 as a Yellow Room Educator before moving into a Room Leader position at the start of 2016.

I loved working with young children and enjoy planning lots of exciting activiites and experiences to keep them engaged and interested throughout the day. I find working with young children to be so rewarding and such a hoot! 

I welcomed my first baby at the begining of 2017 which was a very exciting time for our family. I am currently on Maternity Leave and will return to Appleseed at the start of January 2018. However I will be doing a few casuals days between now and the end of the year, floating between the Red and Green Rooms. 

- Alex

Carmen

Floater
Hi there, my name is Carmen.

I work Thursday and Friday, floating around the centre. I have been working at Appleseed part time since 2016. I have settled well into Appleseed and have found getting to know the families, staff and children very rewarding. 

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) which I will complete at the end on 2017. 

 

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